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The empire of civilization : the evolution of an imperial idea

Author: Brett Bowden
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"Brett Bowden examines how the idea of civilization has informed our thinking about more than ten centuries of global encounters among the different peoples of our world." "From the Crusades to the colonial era to the global war on terror, this volume exposes "civilization" as a stage-managed account of history that legitimizes imperialism, uniformity, and conformity to Western standards, culminating in a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brett Bowden
ISBN: 022614240X 9780226142401 0226068145 9780226068145
OCLC Number: 859446853
Notes: Originally published in hardback: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Description: xi, 303 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : Guizot's question : universal civilization? --
Part 1. Civilization, progress, and history : universals all? --
The ideal of civilization : its origins, meanings, and implications --
Civilization and the idea of progress --
The notion of universal civilization : one end for all? --
Part 2. The art and science of empire --
The expansion of Europe and the classical standard of civilization --
The burden of civilization and the "art and science of colonization" --
Part 3. New barbarism, old civilization, revived imperialism --
New barbarism and the test of modernity --
The "new realities" of imperialism --
Conclusion : The future of intercivilizational relations.
Responsibility: Brett Bowden.

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The term "civilization" comes with considerable baggage, setting up a dichotomy wherein people, cultures, and histories are "civilized" - or not. This book examines how the idea of civilization has  Read more...

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